The Stevenage Lytton Players
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The Stevenage Lytton Players Spring 2009 Musical Production was Peter Stone & Maury Yeston's Titanic performed at the Gordon Craig Theatre
Titanic The Musical was written by Peter Stone with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. It opened on Broadway in 1997. It won five Tony Awards including the award for Best Musical. Titanic is based on the true story of the great ship's maiden voyage from Southampton, England to the sinking in the Atlantic by an iceberg. The show touches on issues such as class, immigration and mankind's vulnerability in the face of nature. The story follows passengers and crew members who actually existed and were aboard the Titanic back in 1912. One by one, the dreams and aspirations of key characters are presented. Their hopes and dreams revealed - made all the more poignant as we know how this story must end.
Titanic begins (Prologue) as Thomas Andrews, the architect of the great ship pores over the blueprints of his design (In Every Age). The curtain then rises to reveal the Ocean Dock in Southampton, England, where people are gathering to wonder at and to board the ship on sailing day: first a Stoker (How Did They Build Titanic), then additional crewmen (There She Is), Officers and stevedores (Loading inventory), the owner, the architect and the captain (The Largest Moving Object), the third and second class passengers (I Must Get On That Ship), and finally the 1st class passengers (The 1st Class Roster). Now fully boarded the ship pulls out as the company sings a prayful farewell (Godspeed Titanic).
One by one, the dreams and aspirations of key characters are presented: Barrett, the stoker who wanted to get away from the coal mines (Barrett’s Song) Murdoch, the ship’s First Officer contemplating the responsibility of command (To Be A Captain); Kate McGowan and the 3rd class passengers who yearn for a better life in America (Lady’s Maid); Chief Steward Etches and the millionaires he serves who exult in the wonders of their world (What A Remarkable Age This Is!)
Barrett finds his way to the Telegraph Room where he dictates a proposal of marriage to his sweetheart back home (The Proposal) in a telegram transmitted by Harold Bride, a young telegraph operator smitten with the possibilities of the new radio technology (The Night Was Alive).
The next day, April 14th, after Sunday Morning church service, the 1st Class attends the Shipboard Band’s spirited out-of-doors dance concert (Hymn/Doing The Latest Rag), an exclusive event crashed by 2nd class passenger Alice Beane, a hardware store owner’s wife who wants more out of life (I Have Danced). That evening, as Fleet, the lookout scans the horizon (No Moon) and bandsman Hartley regales the 1st Class Smoking Room with a new song (Autumn), the ship sails inexorably towards her collision, which ends Act One.
Act Two opens as the suddenly awakened 1st and 2nd class passengers are assembled in the Grand Salon (Dressed In Your Pajamas In The Grand Salon) for life belt instruction by Chief Steward Etches, before being sent up the the Boat Deck to board the Lifeboats. In the Telegraph Room Captain Smith, Mr Andrews and Mr Ismay, the Owner, argue over who is responsible for the disaster. (The Blame) while Mr Bride tirelessly sends out the S.O.S. Up on the Boat Deck the male passengers are seperated from their families (To The Lifeboats), and all express hopes of being re-united (We’ll Meet Tomorrow) as the final boat is lowered. Isidor Straus and his wife Ida remain behind together, as she refuses to leave his side after 40 years of marriage (Still) and Mr Etches utters a prayer (To Be A Captain – Reprise). In the abandoned Smoking Room, Thomas Andrews desperately redesigns his ship to correct its fatal flaws until the futility of his actions leads him to predict her now inevitable descent (Mr Andrew’s Vision).
In an Epilogue, the survivors picked up by the Carpathia numbly retell what had once been Mr Andrew’s dream (In Every Age – Reprise). The living are joined by their lost loved-ones in a tableau recapturing the optimistic spirit of the Ocean Dock on sailing day (Finale).
Auditions are now completed. Original information published as below.
Monday 26th January 2009 - Talk through and Singing of Audition Pieces
Wednesday 28th January 2009 - Singing, Principal Roles only
Monday 2nd February 2009 - Singing followed by Chorus Auditions
Wednesday 4th February 2009 - Acting Workshop and Dance Workshop followed by Dance Auditions
Sunday 8th February 2009 - PRINCIPAL AUDITIONS
Monday 9th February 2009 - 1st Rehearsal!